William Albright opened the 2017 season earning wins in both the singles and doubles competitions of the match with Bucknell, before falling in competitions with North Carolina
William Albright opened the 2017 season earning wins in both the singles and doubles competitions of the match with Bucknell, before falling in competitions with North Carolina
Courtesy: Photo Courtesy of Carlos Morales

Men's Tennis Splits Matches in its First Action of 2017

UNCGSpartans.com 01-16-2017

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNCG men’s tennis opened the 2017 season Monday morning against the Bucknell Bison, before taking on No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels this afternoon. UNCG ends its first day of competition 1-1, defeating Bucknell 6-1, before falling to the Tar Heels, 7-0.

In the morning match against the Bison, the Spartans were able to take two of the three doubles matches to earn the point. The pair of Connor Thompson (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents) and Marcus Vidgren (Stockholm, Sweden/Stockholm Idrotts Gymnasium) defeated Daniel Wright and Andrei Vituic, 7-5. William Albright (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Jack Burkill (London, Great Britain/Millfield School) defeated Max Palmer and Max Kane, 6-1 at the No. 2 position.

Albright got the scoring started in the singles competition, defeating Vituic 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3. Vidgren added another point, defeating Palmer, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2. Warren Bryan (Greensboro, N.C./Longwood) took down Ben Gerber at No. 6 singles, 7-5, 6-3. At No. 1 singles, Thompson started his season undefeated, taking down Wright, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Daniel Hammarstedt (Stockholm, Sweden/Ava Gymnasium) narrowly defeated Bryan Adams at No. 5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Singles competition

1. Connor Thompson (UNCG) def. Daniel Wright (BUCKNELL) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

2. Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) def. Max Palmer (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 6-2

3. William Albright (UNCG) def. Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 6-0, 6-3

4. Max Kane (BUCKNELL) def. Jack Burkill (UNCG) 6-0, 3-6, 7-5

5. Daniel Hammarstedt (UNCG) def. Bryan Adams (BUCKNELL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

6. Warren Bryan (UNCG) def. Ben Gerber (BUCKNELL) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Connor Thompson/Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) def. Daniel Wright/Andrei Vitiuc (BUCKNELL) 7-5

2. William Albright/Jack Burkill (UNCG) def. Max Palmer/Max Kane (BUCKNELL) 6-1

3. Bryan Adams/Timber Erskine (BUCKNELL) def. Warren Bryan/Logan Walker (UNCG) 6-3

The Spartans didn’t fair as well in the second competition of the day. UNCG fell to the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels at a tally of 7-0. The Tar Heels improved to 3-0 on the young season.

UNCG narrowly missed the doubles point. The pair of Thompson and Vidgren held their own against UNC’s Robert Kelly and William Blumberg, but fell 6-4. Albright and Burkill dropped No.2 doubles, 6-1. Bryan and Logan Walker (Stuart, Fla./Morningside Academy) played competitively in the third flight, knotting the match 5-5 before it was retired.

Singles competition

1. Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. Connor Thompson (UNCG) 6-3, 6-0

2. William Blumberg (NC) def. Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) 6-0, 6-3

3. Jack Murray (NC) def. William Albright (UNCG) 6-1 (13-11), 4-6, 1-0

4. Robert Kelly (NC) def. Jack Burkill (UNCG) 6-1, 6-1

5. Blaine Boyden (NC) def. Warren Bryan (UNCG) 6-2, 6-3

6. Arturo Schmidt (NC) def. Ian Melnik (UNCG) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Robert Kelly/William Blumberg (NC) def. Connor Thompson/Marcus Vidgren (UNCG) 6-4

2. Jack Murray/Ronnie Schneider (NC) def. William Albright/Jack Burkill (UNCG) 6-1

3. Blaine Boyden/Anu Kodola (NC) vs. Warren Bryan/Logan Walker (UNCG) 5-5, unfinished

The Blue and Gold return to the court Sunday, Jan. 22 at 11:00 a.m. as it takes on the Troy Trojans. The match is set to take place at the UNCG Tennis Courts, pending weather.

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